Friday, September 17, 2010

Rue Magazine

Have you seen the new online magazine, “Rue?” Talk about fun!  I love the info on the latest trends, the illustrations, the introduction to new bloggers, the beautiful interiors of all styles, the great “how to’s,” and all the other inspiring design! Check it out when you get a minute!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Guilty Pleasures

Yesterday was a great day! It was as if the stars aligned to say, “This day is for Anna to enjoy,” and boy did I ever take advantage. Had just one of these simple things happened on any given day, it would have made it good, but to have so many in one day was…bliss.

1. I was able to get out of the office. Some people don’t like having to run errands and go to meetings, I, on the other hand, love to get out of my normal routine and not be stuck at my desk all day. So I headed to Orem High School to help prep for an important interview with the Canyons School District.

2. Then after the meeting was done, I decided that since I had gone all that way, I just had to stop into my favorite store, Alice Lane. Every time I go they have new items and I love to feel surrounded by beauty in that store.

3. After I had dragged Mason down to Alice Lane for the first time a couple weeks ago, I thought I had better sweeten the deal by stopping into this darling dessert café called The Chocolate. What can I say, I fell in love! So on my way back to Salt Lake, of course I stopped and had a marvelously thick and decadent chocolate brownie. Yum! (By the way, I was told they would soon be opening one in West Jordan! That may be dangerously close!)

4. After work ran to the store to pick up ingredients for our Salad Social we did for our “Additional Relief Society Meeting” last night. While I was there, I had a sneaking suspicion that Glee Part 2 had been released that day so I had to double check and sure enough, it was there! SWEET!

5. As I was walking out to my car, there was a Hispanic man who approached me selling tamales. Being able to pick up tamales in this manner is totally hit and miss, but I will often find myself craving them and when I go (or more often than not, send Mason) to hang out in a grocery store parking lot trying to find someone selling them, they are never there. To have the opportunity present itself in this manner, I knew I had to take it.

6. Finally the yarn I had ordered to finish my first knitting project arrived. Did I mention that I had taken up knitting? Well I totally love it and can hardly wait to get this project done.

All of that meant I was able to finish the evening watching an episode of Glee, while knitting with my new yarn, and finishing my delectable brownie (as it was way too much to eat in one sitting.) Simple, yet glorious!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


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Friday, September 3, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love

Have you read the book? Have you seen the movie?

Reading, talking or watching a movie about a woman’s journey to find balance in her life is always interesting to me. Isn’t that what we are all looking for, balance!?! The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, tells the story of her real life experience seeking just that. It was fascinating to me to see her go about it in a manner that is foreign to me: divorcing, traveling for a year with no income, not worrying about calories, learning a new language, focusing on meditation, studying with a medicine man, having a swift and intense love affair, etc. I mean, how many “real women” can do something like that. I would say that it is highly unlikely. However, that is part of what captivated me. It took me out of my bubble and helped me realize that people can think outside the box and dream big. Again, that is pretty much a foreign concept to me.

Spoiler alert:

(If you don’t want to know too much about what happens, don’t read this part. Although it may give perspective when you get to read or see it)

HOWEVER, There are a couple things that were kind of upsetting to me, and now, after having time to digest I think I can see more clearly how my values and sense of duty give me a different perspective.

The book: I felt like the book took me on a rather spiritual journey, which I wasn’t expecting when I picked it up. At the very beginning, Liz prays to God for pretty much the first time in her life. From that moment on, she is working to create a relationship with God and also works to get to know herself. So I would say I enjoyed the “story” within the pages of the book, as it took me to a different world, until the last 3 pages. She states:

The movie: When the movie was over I left feeling empty and depressed. Not what I expect when seeing a “chick flick.” I later realized why: I think her journey she chose to take was a rather selfish and irresponsible way of handling things. While it is important to “find yourself” I think her timing was off. That was the time to buckle down and work her way through the hard stuff. You can’t just walk away from it all! There is no sense of care for others, it was all about her.

So anyway, while the story was intriguing, I didn’t feel there was real substance or self-discovery, just selfishness.

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Let's dish - Emmy's 2010

Fashion is one of those things that is so subjective, as with most design. Even as I was looking for these pictures online, all the “experts” seemed to differ on their opinions. So I thought I would take a stab at it too and share my own individual favorites as well as my favorite trends that came out of the event.
Some of my favorites

Now for my awards:

Most Unforgettable:
Diana Argon

I loved this unique dress, half Gone with Wind inspired and half bustier. Feminine all the way. This dress is so perfect for her coloring, soft, a little sweet and a little sassy. LOVE IT!

Best of the Men’s
Neil Patrick Harris

The gay guys always know how to do it right! I love the cut of the tux, where the pants aren’t too loose and the jacket fits just right. I also like the contrast of fabrics between the lapel and the body of the jacket. Plus, why not work the gray while it is still “in” right!?! That’s one way to mix it up a little as there is little the guys can do to be unique.

Best of Show
Lea Michelle, and it’s not just because I am obsessed with Glee.

I love the rich Navy blue, the styling of her dress with the princess neckline, and the full Mermaid style skirt. I also like the dark metal used to set off her jewels; it kept that sultry feel and finished off the look nicely. As for her hair and makeup: I like how the shape of her hair seems to mimic the shape of the dress and that her makeup was still kept fresh looking, not weighed down with smoky eyes or a heavy lip.

Favorite Trends:


Navy Blue

Metallics & soft hues are still hot

Goddess styled dresses

photos courtesy of Yahoo

Which ones were your favorite? What other trends did you notice?

And this may be my favorite opening for an awards show ever! (This one may have something to do with my obsession with Glee!) Check it out if you missed it, or if you love it like I do, and just want to watch it again!